Albuquerque couple finds storage unit wiped clean

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a place one Albuquerque couple said they never thought thieves would break into, but they were proved wrong this past weekend.

Joanne and Eric Vietje moved to Albuquerque two years ago. They live on base, but keep a majority of their things in storage.

They rent a unit from Extra Space Storage, just off Eubank and Central.

“We’ve never had any problems there,” Joanne Vietje said.

That was until Monday. The couple said the manager at the storage facility called to tell them the lock from their unit was missing.

“When he told me, I just knew it,” Vietje said. “I just felt in my bones because there is no reason for the lock to be missing.”

When Vietje’s husband went to check it out, he found several things missing from their storage unit. The couple said the thieves made out with two ATV’s, tools, generators and years’ worth of memories. The only thing they left behind were clothes and Christmas decorations.

“My husband’s dad was a carpenter,” Vietje said. “He had all of his dad’s tools and now they’re all gone.”

The couple filed a police report, but said it’s been a struggle to get any kind of information from police and the storage facility.

It wasn’t until Thursday, the storage facility finally agreed to let Eric see the surveillance video from Sunday. The couple said the storage facility refuses to give police a copy.

When KRQE News 13 stopped by the facility to ask why police didn’t have a copy of the video, a woman at the front desk said, “They haven’t asked.” They wouldn’t’ comment on anything else.

Police said they responded to two different burglaries at the facility on Monday and that the incidents are still under investigation.

Now the couple is asking for help from the community.

“There’s no reason for it, but when you see something wrong or hear something wrong call police right away,” Vietje said.

The couple estimates the thieves made out with around $10,000 of their belongings. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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